Digital Archive Administration

The Digital Archive provides additional administrative features beyond those built into Omeka.

You can learn how to use most of these features by reading other parts of this documentation, but this page provides some additional guidance.

Add zoomable images

Zoomable images are easy to create, but you need to be able to use FTP to upload the images to your Digital Archive server. This is something that an archivist could do on their own once taught how by the administrator. Learn how to create zoomable images.

Enable Google Analytics

If your organization has a Google Analytics account, you can have it track visits to your Digital Archive site. To enable analytics, go to the Themes tab on the Appearance page and enter your Google Analytics Global Site Tag tracking code into the Global Site Tag field as shown below.

Google Analytics

In order to save HTML in the Global Site Tag field as shown above, you need to be sure that the Enable HTML Filtering filtering option is unchecked on the Omeka Settings tab on the Security page. If the option is checked, the <script> tags within the HTML will disappear when you save the Appearance page.

Change the site's appearance

You can make these changes to your site's appearance:

  • Replace the banner image that appears at the top of every page
  • Edit the text that appears in the footer on every page
  • Edit the CSS that controls the overall appearance of the site

To make these kinds of changes, go to the Themes tab on the Appearance page and click the Configure_Theme button.


The CSS properties below are used to control:

  • The background color that appears around the main content area of pages
  • The color of the navigation links that appear in the banner such as menu items
  • The color of other links
  • The color of h1 and h2 headings
:root {
    --background-color: #ebf3ff;
    --nav-link-color: #3d5a98;
    --nav-link-hover-color: #7596b9;
    --link-color: #3d5a98;
    --link-hover-color: #7596b9;
    --headings-color: #1a77bd;


Do not edit CSS unless you know what you are doing. The smallest mistake can drastically change the appearance of your site. To be safe, before making any changes, first copy the CSS and save it to a file as a backup. If you get into trouble with your changes, you can restore the good CSS by copying it into the CSS field from the file.

Configure Digital Archive plugins

The Digital Archive is built on top of Omeka Classic using several plugins created by AvantLogic that add additional features, and in some cases, change the way Omeka features work. An administrator can customize the configuration of some of these plugins.

As shown in the table below, the AvantElements and AvantSearch plugins provide most of the configuration options that an administrator would change.

Plugin Configuration
AvantAdmin Do not modify
AvantCommon Specify which Omeka elements should be private
AvantCustom Has no configuration options
AvantElasticsearch Do not modify
AvantElements Many options - see the plugin documentation
AvantRelationships Specify which fields have implicit relationships
AvantS3 Do not modify
AvantSearch Many options - see the plugin documentation
AvantZoom Has no configuration options

To change a plugin's configuration, go the Plugins page and then click the Configure button for the plugin you want to configure.


Be very careful when making changes to plugin configurations. If you are not sure about what you are doing, consult your Digital Archive developer.

Rebuild Elasticsearch indexes

Some changes that you make using Omeka or Digital Archive administrative features, require that you rebuild your site's Elasticsearch indexes. This can happen, for example, if you add a new Omeka element, or modify a plugin configuration setting such as changing an existing element from private to public or vice-versa.

Learn about rebuilding Elasticsearch indexes.

Import data from a CSV file

It is possible to bring data into a Digital Archive collection in bulk from a CSV file. While this is most commonly done when setting up a new site, you can do it for an existing site if you are careful.

Learn about importing CSV data.